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Friday, January 18, 2019

Sons and Bastards (Jim Croft)

Sons & Bastards
Heb 12:7-17 speaks of sons and bastards. The legitimate are born of the Father’s Seed & accept chastening (disciplining). Bastards born of clever oratory want heir benefits, but totally reject the possibility of chastening.
This generation has a bumper crop of the illegitimate who were attracted to the Kingdom by its perks as opposed to the glory of relational sonship with God the Father. Like Esau, they smelt tasty morsels and entered with mental assent to gain right to the banqueting table. Tragically, they have no guarantees that they’ll later find a place to repent (change their minds) though they seek it with tears. Generally, bastards will rebel rather than repent when they discover there are lulls between the 9 courses of the banquet. They consider tributes to the Host a waste of time. For them, toasts to applaud the testimonies of honored guests about their turnarounds from carnality to holiness are boring (and not worthy of an ear). Denial of the possibility of the legitimate and the illegitimate among us is spiritual blindness.
The Chastening in Heb 12:12-17 is depicted by ancient Middle East shepherding terms. Feeble/sin-prone human appendages of hands & knees that need strengthening/correction to avoid severe chattering are symbolic of sheep legs. If sheep continually strayed, shepherd would hold close then twist & sprain leg rendering sore/feeble. If senseless sheep persisted; shepherd would hold sheep closer & would jerk leg permanently dislocating it. Sins were falling short of grace = ingratitude; sexual immorality; spreading bitter speech; and refusal to pursue holiness. If you don’t think that Jesus can & will lovingly hold you close while simultaneously dislocating your leg to make sure that you don’t stray again; you don’t have a biblical concept of the Good Shepherd.

Demonology Basics


Demonology Basics
There are several different theories on the origin of demons and each can be debated. One thing that can be said for certain is that Demons are fallen angelic beings - but NOT Fallen Angels.
Although angels are spirit beings, they can transform into physical bodies and can appear physically as men to humans on earth. There are many references in scripture that support this fact (Gen 19:1; Daniel 10:5; Luke 1:11, etc ) and absolutely zero scriptural evidence supporting that demons have the same capability. Demons can manifest physically, even though physical attacks, leaving scratch marks and other physical evidence while having no physical bodies themselves. There are many scriptural references to demons being cast out of humans which dictate that they were inside human bodies at the time they are cast out. From the vast majority of scripture we can deduce that demons are invisible, bodiless, demonic spirits that seek out bodies to inhabit in order to torment humans or animals (see Matt. 12:43–45; Mark 5:11–13).
In addition to physical body transformation, angels can move between heavens. As mentioned above in the way of earthly visitations and in Daniel 10 we previously discussed principalities of the second heaven, between earth and God’s throne in the third heaven (see 2 Cor 12:1-4). In the second heaven (outer space) they do warfare against the angels of heaven and against man. In contrast, demons are relegated to earth and are here to torment mankind, up close and personal. In every instance of scripture regarding battling demons, they are always on earth and involve mankind. Think of them as demonic parasites to humankind.
My opinion is that demons are a kind of subspecies to angels that were originally created by God (Col 1:16) to serve Him in some capacity just as all angelic beings were. Demons are inferior to angels in that they lack the power, movement, physicality and capabilities of angels, but nonetheless present a great threat to man, both saved and unsaved. Demons are disembodied spirit beings - persons.
Characteristics of Demons
Demons have all the traits of normal human personality:
 Will (see Matt. 12:44; Mark 5:11–13)
 Emotion (see James 2:19)
 Knowledge (see Mark 1:23–24; Acts 19:15)
 Self-awareness (see Mark 5:9)
 Ability to speak (see Mark 1:24; 5:7–12; Acts 19:15) Anything that can speak is a person!
 Intellect and Memory (See Luke 11:24-26 and James 2:19)
Activities of Demons
 Entice (see James 1:14)
Demons entice or tempt people to do or think evil. Enticement usually comes in verbal form with the demon speaking to us through our thoughts. Again, anything that has a voice is a person!
 Torment/Harass (see 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:18)
Matthew 18:34, the parable of the unforgiving servant, says “And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors…” In this case, the unforgiving servant was delivered by God to demons for tormenting. Matthew 6:15 says very clearly, “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Today there are millions of self-professing Christians who have unforgiveness in their heart.
If you have any unforgiveness in your heart toward anybody, you are a totally legitimate target for demonization. Torment can take form in the physical, mental or spiritual.
 Deceive (see 1 Tim. 4:1–2)
Satan is the great deceiver and, since he isn’t omnipresent, his minions or demons are his tools. All forms of spiritual deception are demonic and demons will tempt you away from the truth and inject error in its place. False teachers and prophets are demonically deceived.
 Enslave (see Romans 8:15)
Demons enslave their host by driving them to continue in sin
 Drive/compel (see Luke 8:29)

Demons compel and cause compulsive behavior. Almost anything compulsive is liable to be demonic. If you combine compulsion with enslaving, you have addiction. The compulsion to do something coupled with being enslaved to it can be a powerful combination.
 Defile (see Titus 1:15)
Demons defile by making you feel dirty and unclean or unworthy of God’s love.
 Make sick (or apathetic) (see Matthew 9:20)
Besides dis-eases, there is a spirit of apathy that physically robs us of energy to do almost anything if it is centered around God. A Barna Group poll showed that 95% of self-professed Christians never crack a Bible between Sundays – if then.
 Kill (see John 10:10)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” When people are raised from the dead the spirit of death must be overcome. Death here isn’t just physical death but can be a state of death - In 2012 a woman was brought out of a 3-year coma when I cast out the spirit of death from her.
 Make restless / Not At Peace (see Daniel 2:1)
Restlessness or fidgetiness can sum up all of the other characteristics of being demonized. Demons try and disrupt peace in every aspect. This fight is sometimes directly focused in the areas of:
 Inner personal harmony
 Peace of mind
 Physical well-being
 Harmonious relationships with other people, especially those closest to us
 Dealing with external circumstances
Demonic Areas of Operation
 Emotions and Attitudes
 The Mind
 The Tongue
 Sex / Lust
 Addiction
 The Occult
 Participation in False Religions
 All Heresies
 Diseases
While most equate demonic infestation strictly to outright sin (although this can be the case) with implied shame attached to the afflicted, the most common demonic infestations involve emotional and psychological scars. These injuries, whether real or perceived, usually took place during the formative years, which can range from prenatal to mid-teens. The displayed attributes can range from anger, fear, hatred, misery, rejection, resentment, rebellion, loneliness, self-pity, doubt, jealousy, depression, anxiety, despair and even murder or suicide. These emotional scars can lead to sexual sin, addiction and turning to false religions (I.e. new age remedies) for a cure or release. If turned inward they can lead to disease. While many are set free at the time of salvation, many are not and it is the body’s responsibility and Christ-given authority (Mark 16:17-18) to treat the afflicted by casting out these injurious spirits rather than shunning or ignoring their victims. The answer as to why this doesn’t happen is plain ignorance and an unscriptural belief that Christians can’t be demonized (see Acts 8:9-25) While a believer can’t be possessed, they can still suffer from deep injuries that manifest in ungodly thoughts and actions.
There are millions of Christian believers tormented by experiences and memories from an early age that the enemy used to plant seeds of unworthiness, shame, guilt and self-destruction. If untreated, these can lead to a lack in fulfillment of experiencing God’s love and abundant life that He has for all believers. Demons have two main objectives assigned to them by Satan…first, to come between us and God and if they fail in this, their second objective is to keep us from leading fruitful lives and ministry. One of the most fulfilling, exciting and love-filled experiences one can have in ministry is seeing the power of Jesus at work through you in setting someone free from demonic torment. As the Lord instructed me during my first deliverance ministry experience, the aforementioned coma patient, “Step up and do it...I'm right here with you"

Prophetic Watchmen


Prophetic Watchmen
One of the things I do when I study is to look at the Hebrew and Greek meanings of words which always leads to a deeper understanding of what God actually meant when He said what He said. When we look in scripture at the word and context of ‘watchman’ and look at the Hebrew, we'll encounter words like Tsaphah (to keep watch; peer into), Shama (to hear; listen intently), Zahar (to warn), Shamar (to restrain or confine), natsar (guard from danger what is most important).
Unlike English, each Hebrew letter, or symbol in its 22 symbol alphabet has its own meaning, so when you string these symbols together to form words you get a much deeper defined meaning of the word. Each symbol also has a corresponding number assigned to it. They are also, at times, composed of more than one ‘letter’. For example, the symbol ‘Heh’ (or hey) ה, is actually comprised of the letters dalet and yud. The vertical and horizontal lines of the dalet represent the physical world, while the vertical yud signifies the spiritual world. Therefore the ‘hey’ represents the physical and spiritual realms or a combination of the two. It also correlates to the number 5, grace, because of its usage in the Hebrew name for God. There’s much to say on each Hebrew symbol but I’m not going to bore you with the details – because I know you will be. I want to get to the nuts and bolts here. Hebrew symbols have changed in appearance a few times throughout history but the meaning of each individual symbol has remained the same from the beginning of time.
The most common symbols in the words I’ve mentioned above are these:
Heh (or hey)- ה - means ‘to reveal or behold’
Ayin – ע – means ‘to see and understand’
Cheth (or het) – ח - means ‘to protect or tend to’
Shin – ש – means “to consume or destroy”
Reysh (or resh) – ר – means “what is most important”
Phe (or peh) – פ – means “”to speak, command or present”
Putting it all together, ‘A watchman is one who restrains evil by warning (speaking) what is revealed in order to protect what is most important to God.’
Watchmen watch and listen, understanding what they see and hear and they speak it! They have a purpose in reporting what is revealed regardless of whether or not the warning is heeded. A watchman isn’t necessarily a prophet but a prophet is also a watchman.

When Was Jesus Born?


The most important aspect of Christmas is, of course, celebrating the birth of Jesus, the savior of the world. This being said, the time frame of December is off the mark - and this post is meant to shed light on this aspect alone.
If you’ve ever been to Israel in Winter or spoken with someone from Israel, you will know that it’s cold at night in December - and that animals are sheltered in pens in winter, not pastured. The shepherds wouldn’t be ‘tending their sheep by night’ in December. But, this isn’t enough to disprove a December birth of Jesus - for this we turn to the word.
According to Luke 1:24-26, Mary ’conceived’ Jesus in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist. This means that Jesus was born 15 months (9 +6) after the angel Gabriel appeared to Elizabeth’s husband, Zacharias, and informed him that his wife would bear a child.
According to Luke 1:5, Zacharias was a priest of the division of Abijah. Luke 1:8 says that Gabriel appeared to Zacharias while he was serving as a priest in the Temple. The division of Abijah served as priests during the second half of the fourth month of the Jewish calendar — which would have put it in late June since the Jewish religious calendar begins in March, with Passover. Three months later (9-6) would place the birth of Jesus in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, which would be in either late September or early October. Jesus’ conception, not His birth, occurred in December (of the previous year). This time frame also coincides with the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Ingathering, a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month, Tishrei. An aside: The number seven represents perfection in scripture. Coincidence? Nope.
John 1:14, speaking of Jesus as the Word, says: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The word “dwelt” that is used here is the Greek word “skenoo”, which literally means “to tabernacle”. When God came to earth to tabernacle among men, He deliberately chose His arrival to coincide with the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. Coincidenza? Nope, God doesn’t do coincidences. This is very appropriate, for the Feast of Tabernacles is the most joyous of all the Jewish feasts. It is, in fact the feast of praise and thanksgiving.
Further, Matthew 1:23 states, “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL ," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."
In addition to this is the fact that lambing season, when lambs are born, is from March to late September-early October in Israel. Jesus is the ‘Lamb of God’, sent as sacrifice for our sins. No coincidence here either.
The birth of the lamb of God, dwelling with us, Feast of Tabernacles. Hallelujah!

La-La Christianity


La-la Christianity
Where there is no hunger, or even recognition of truth, going through motions in an appearance of interest and holiness, a facade devoid of substance where worship becomes entertainment and conviction/correction falls on deaf ears, where fire-less hearts, frozen in stagnation, sit in powerless pews and souls are soothed in lukewarm baths of indifference.

Witchcraft, a Threat?


Witchcraft A Threat?
A recent Pew study has shown that during the Obama presidency, the number of professing Christians in America fell by a full 8%. Meanwhile, the number of self-professed witchcraft participants rose dramatically. In fact, in 1990 there were approximately 8,000 professed Wiccans in the U.S. and, as of October of this past year, that number is estimated at 1.5 million- with an increase of over 1 million in the last ten years. There are 100,000 more Wiccans than Presbyterians, to give it some scale.
I agree with many that we are and have been for a few years, living in a ‘post-Christian era’, mainly because the numbers don’t refute that statement, but support it. This should come as no great shock to any disciple of Christ. This is just the beginning of the end of this age and we haven’t even seen the start of true persecution in America as of yet. The good news is that things are happening exactly as they were foretold by Christ. The really good news is that, as true believers, we are protected by the blood of Jesus and if He is for us nobody stands a chance of coming against us - and certainly not the likes of witchcraft, hoodoo voodoo.
For three years in Miami, I ministered deliverance and spiritual house cleanings in houses of various kinds of witchcraft, from Santeria to Voodoo to Macumba and have ministered to 'high-level' witches, including the head of the Church of Satan for the entire eastern seaboard. I can tell you that as long as you’re walking in the authority of Christ, there is no spell that has been or ever will be conjured that can harm you - and that every knee shall bow, period. Now, more than ever in recent times, it’s time to put on your big boy Jesus pants and stand tall. Walk in HIS power and HIS authority and stop whining. Instead, go slap a little Holy Spirit BOOYAH on the satanic - Who you gonna call?

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Jesus The Messiah - What Are The Odds?


One of the most wonderful witnessing experiences I have had, so far anyway, was leading a 96 year old Jewish woman to the Lord on Christmas Day, 2015, while visiting a nursing home in Sierra Vista, AZ. At 96 she was sharp as a tack and she shared her life story with me over an hour or so. Every so often I would interject something biblically relevant as an example that fit into her life. Mostly, I listened. At the end I shared a brief explanation of Jesus as the Messiah. She knew the OT scriptures and grasped this immediately. One thing I want to share with you is the mathematical odds of Jesus fulfilling OT prophesies.
Odds of fulfilling just 8 OT Prophesies
The odds of one man fulfilling just eight OT Messianic prophecies is 1 in 10^17. That would be one followed by 17 zeros, 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to comprehend this, if you took 10^17 silver dollars and laid them out on the state of Texas, they would cover the entire state two feet deep. If you marked one of those silver dollars with a sharpie, stirred the whole mess thoroughly and then blindfolded a man and told him that he could pick up just one silver dollar that has the mark on it, those would be the same odds as having the OT prophets writing just eight prophecies and having them all come true in one man.
The chance of one man fulfilling 48 Messianic prophecies found in the Tanakh (Old Testament) would be 1 in 10^157, or 1 followed by 157 zeros! Yet, This is the number of obvious OT prophesies fulfilled by Jesus.

Examples of fulfilled Messianic prophesies:
1. Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2; fulfilled in Matt. 2:1-7; John 7:42; Luke 2:4-7
2. Messiah is to be preceded by a Messenger Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; fulfilled in Matthew 3:1-3; 11:10; John 1:23; Luke 1:17
3. Messiah is to enter Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9:9; fulfilled in Luke 35-37; Matthew 21:6-11
4. Messiah is to be betrayed by a friend Psalms 41:9; 55:12-14; fulfilled in Matthew 10:4; 26:49-50; John 13:21
5. Messiah is to be sold for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12; fulfilled in Matthew 26:15; 27:3
6. Messiah is to be born of a virgin
Isaiah 7:14; fulfilled in Matthew 1:18-2:1; Luke 1:26-35
7. Messiah is to be executed by crucifixion, by having His hands and feet pierced
Psalm 22:16; fulfilled in John 19:28
8. Messiah is to be given vinegar to quench His thirst
Psalm 69:22; fulfilled in Matthew 27:34
9. Messiah is to be executed without having a bone broken
Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:21; fulfilled in John 19:33-36
10. Messiah is to be raised from the dead
Isaiah 53:9-10; Psalm 2:7; 16:10; fulfilled in Matthew 28:1-20; Acts 2:23-36;13;33-37; 1 Corinthians 11:4-6

Right before I left I leaned in and told her that Yeshua was waiting for her. She just said ‘I know ‘ as the tears came pouring down. To think, 96 years and to finally come to the truth, just awesome.
Don’t keep your faith to yourself...blessings

Monday, December 3, 2018

Principalities & Powers - Fallen Angels of the Second Heaven

Paul speaks of principalities and powers in Ephesians 6:12, saying that we as believers “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Principalities and Powers are specifically mentioned six times in scripture and implied by definition even more…but what are they and where are these “high places?”
A principality is defined as ‘a relatively small geographic area, within a larger geographic area, ruled over by a prince or other chief ruler’. Powers operate within a kingdom, a principality, or even an empire. So, a principality has regional power or capacity to act, exerting control or influence over that region. We know from Paul that our struggle isn’t against physical beings but against these invisible enemies and that they reside in “high places”. To shed some more scriptural light on the idea of how a demonic principality functions, we can look at Daniel 10.
In Daniel 10, Daniel has been fasting and praying for some 21 days and has a vision – and an angelic visitation from Gabriel. Gabriel explains to Daniel that his prayers were heard from day one but that he had been doing battle with the ‘prince of the kingdom of Persia’, trying to break through to Daniel with the prophetic answer to his prayer. Gabriel further explains that the Archangel Michael had come to his aid. He also mentions the ‘kings of Persia’, implying that he had been doing battle with a principality, the prince of Persia, who had been given great authority and power. From this one illustration we see principalities and powers at work - and even though they aren’t specifically labeled as such, they meet the definition perfectly - If it walks like a duck…
But Wait! Didn’t Jesus Disarm Principalities and Powers in Colossians 2:15??
“When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” (Col 2:15 AMP)
How is it possible that Jesus disarmed principalities and powers and yet, in Ephesians 6:12, written some 30 years after the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, Paul says that it is against these very same powers that we do battle? Just for giggles, let’s look at the Greek for the meaning of the word ‘disarm’, or ‘spoiled’ as it is in the KJV.
Disarm (spoil) in the Greek (G554; G575; G1562), means to strip (separate) one of his garments; to unclothe.
Clothing, garments, armor, etc. in scripture is almost always symbolic and representative of power, praise or righteousness – i.e. Isaiah 61:3; Job 29:14; Eph 6:10-18, etc. It also means to bare or expose one for their true being.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, He disarmed the principalities of their power, exposing them as being completely powerless against Him. This was evidently, according to scripture, a temporary thing. The answer as to how this could possibly happen lies back in Daniel 10. The prince of Persia had been defeated by Michael - just as the principalities of Colossians 2:15 were defeated by Christ - allowing Gabriel to break through to Daniel. So, if that principality was defeated, wouldn’t that leave a big, gaping hole in the demonic forces in “high places”, that Paul referred to as being very active 30 years after Christ’s ascension? Daniel 10:20 explains how this is possible:
“ Then he said, “Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come.” (NASB)
What Takes Place on Earth is Reflected in the Heavenly Places
Did you catch it? The prince of Persia was being replaced by the prince of Greece! The demonic is like rust, it never sleeps and there are always replacements waiting in line to jump in. This also speaks to another topic - what happens on earth is reflected in the heavens. At the time that all this was going on with Daniel, the Persian empire on earth was about to be conquered by the Greeks in the form of Alexander the Great. Remember, principalities are ‘regional’ entities. The prince of Persia was located in the second heaven (in between earth and God’s throne) above Persia, over what is now Iran. Alexander the Great was a Grecian king who conquered Persia in 324BC and this is what Gabriel was referring to when he said ‘the prince of Greece is about to come”. What takes place on earth is reflected in the heavenly places. This basic concept is stated in Matthew 18:18: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” This also speaks of the power we carry, on earth and in heaven.
We know that these entities were created by Jesus, which means they have a purpose. Colossians 1:16 says “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for Him”
The really good news is that we believers are seated in Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6) and have been given all authority over every demonic entity on earth and in the heavens and that through His precious blood we can defeat these entities the same as He did.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Demonic Open Doors, Demonology and Deliverance

A lot of preachers warn believers against open doors to the demonic but the fact is that the vast, vast majority of demonized Christians were infested before salvation when every door and window was wide open. The demonic most often takes root during the formative (and mostly innocent) years of womb to mid-teens due to emotional /psychological trauma, whether real or perceived - I.e. imagined or planted by the enemy - and if not dealt with after salvation can linger without the afflicted being able to even fully comprehend where it came from in many cases.
Womb infestation can be caused by unwanted pregnancy, for example, which can be sensed by the unborn in the same way that playing certain music or singing to them can while in the womb. The unborn are sensitive to external stimuli including the mothers emotions, especially when voiced out loud. The resulting rejection detected by the unborn can have lasting effects even into adulthood if not dealt with post-salvation and in many cases the afflicted has no idea as to the root cause. Human memories of childhood only go back so far with clarity. Unexplained feelings of unworthiness, anger, resentment, etc can surface with little to no present stimulus. The person can be viewed as being ‘naturally disposed' to negative emotions as a result.
The message to open door messengers is that post true-salvation infestation usually only takes place due to willful rebellion. The presence of the demonic in believers is due to a time when ALL doors were open while living in a natural, sin state which every human being is born into. When dealing with demonized believers we should always look to life prior to salvation first, unless there are current overt signs of rebellion.
The issue is that the vast majority of church leaders have no understanding of the demonic, don’t know how to deal with casting the spirits out and either ignore or ostracize the afflicted. The title of ‘deliverance minister’ only exists because of this ignorance. Ignorance simply means that one isn’t informed - the negative aspects of ignorance come into play when it is by choice. Deliverance has become a specialty ministry when it was intended to be a part of ministry in general.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Replacement Theology, Fulfillment Theology, Dominion Theology and the Promises of God.

"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said (anything) and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" Numbers 23:19
Every promise of God will be fulfilled, including Old Covenant promises to Israel and the Jewish people, but today there are false teachings that make God out to be a liar.
These false teachings include:
• Replacement Theology
• Fulfillment Theology and,
• Dominion Theology
In the first, Replacement Theology, the Church is now the sole expression of the purpose of God on earth and as such is the “New Israel of God.” The Jewish people, having failed God and have forfeited the promises made to them in the Abrahamic Covenant and especially those that promise them everlasting possession of the land of Canaan for the purpose of world redemption - not to mention God's HQ in the earth during the millennium reign of Christ and His body.
Fulfillment Theology teaches that Jesus in His own life and body fulfills all the promises that God made to the Jewish people in the Abrahamic Covenant including those that have to do with bequeathing to the Jewish people the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession.
In Dominion Theology, the Church is destined to take dominion over the world and set up a type of global expression of Christendom. Once this has been achieved, in that the seven mountains of human activity have been Christianized, Jesus will come again. In other words the Church, the body of Christ, ushers in the Millennium before Jesus comes and therefore there is no need for a restored Jewish state in the land of Canaan to do so. Only a restored Church can accomplish this and thus this false teaching asserts that a new type of empowered Christian is going to emerge who will bring about the Kingdom of God to the world in a new and dynamic manner. The emphasis here is on man, not God. Consequently, once again, Israel’s modern-day restoration is irrelevant and therefore has no biblical credentials. Dominion Theology is nothing more than a re-invention of an old teaching called Post-Millennialism.
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope that is set before us.” —Hebrews 6:13-18

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Halleluyah!

Halleluyah!
In English, you’ve seen it written “alleluia” or “hallelujah.” The more accurate way to spell it is Halleluyah, which is actually two Hebrew words joined together: Hallel (Praise) and Yah, which is a shortened form of YHVH, the personal name of the Lord God of Israel.
The hallel-u is a command to ‘you’, but it’s plural — that is, “You all, praise.”
Why do we praise Yah?
Psalm 150:2 “For His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness.”
In other words, we praise Him for everything He is, everything He has done and everything He is going to do.
How do we praise Yah?
Psalm 150:3 says we are to “praise Him with dancing as well as with the sound of the trumpet, harp, lyre, tambourine, strings, pipe, clashing of cymbals, and with our voices”
Those that think heaven is going to be quiet, controlled worship are in for a shocker.
“Let everything that has breath Hallel-u Yah, Hallel-u Yah — Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord.” Praise Him like you mean it!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1instructs us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (KJ) In Greek, the word translated as 'substance' literally means "underlying reality' or 'underlying truth upon which something is built".' Hope is built on an underlying truth that we know by faith. Therefore, without faith, true hope doesn't exist.
In Psalm 27:13, David tells us “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.”

If we can’t believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord (by faith) we will despair. Therefore, despair is the result of having no hope - and hope is dependent on what? Faith.
The only thing that keeps us from despair, depression, negativity and fear is believing – having faith.

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